Historic Photos of Dallas in the 50s, 60s, and 70s

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In 1950 Dallas was a spirited Texas town of some regional importance; by 1980 it was an international city, one of the nation’s most populous, a center of trade, transportation, finance, pro sports, and popular culture. Historic Photos of Dallas in the 50s, 60s, and 70s documents this amazing transformation with seldom-seen photographs of the period. Nearly 200 historic images show Dallas in the process of refashioning its skyline, its streets, its institutions, its public behavior, and its sense of self and ...

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Overview

In 1950 Dallas was a spirited Texas town of some regional importance; by 1980 it was an international city, one of the nation’s most populous, a center of trade, transportation, finance, pro sports, and popular culture. Historic Photos of Dallas in the 50s, 60s, and 70s documents this amazing transformation with seldom-seen photographs of the period. Nearly 200 historic images show Dallas in the process of refashioning its skyline, its streets, its institutions, its public behavior, and its sense of self and worth. Historic Photos of Dallas in the 50s, 60s, and 70s blends striking black-and-white images with crisp commentary to chronicle moments of joy, pride, and anguish during these tumultuous decades. This volume takes readers back to the not-so-long-ago Dallas of trolley buses, downtown movie theaters, and four-lane expressways, then shows how the city transcended its parochial beginnings to become one of the most dynamic American cities of the twentieth century.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781596527423
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Series: Historic Photos Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,425,796
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rusty Williams, a third-generation Dallasite, is an author and historian who has seen his hometown grow from the plucky, black-land prairie town of “Big D (My, Oh, Yes!)” to the Dallas of Dallas.
He is the author of Scatterlings: Blair, Williams and Turner to Texas—1858 to 1873 (Aventine Press, 2003), a history of the settlement of two North Texas counties during the years of the Great Southern Migration, and My Old Confederate Home: A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans (University Press of Kentucky, 2010), an institutional history of the Kentucky Confederate soldiers’ home.
Rusty’s first newswriting job was with the Frisco (Texas) Enterprise, when a trip to that now-sprawling suburb meant a drive through cotton fields on country roads. He has written for the Dallas News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express-News, and the Associated Press. He is a regular contributor to historical society magazines and Web sites, and speaks often to local groups on historical topics.
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  • Posted November 22, 2010

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    VALUABLE FOR LIBRARIES AND HISTORY BUFFS ALIKE

    Yes, it's Big D, I did say Big D - Dallas, one of our greatest cities revealed through three decades of dynamic growth. Rusty Williams, a third-generation Dallasite is our guide through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s as represented in some 200 images reminding us of both joys and sorrows during those unforgettable times. Each photo is accompanied by explanatory text.

    Today it's difficult for many of us to remember that in the 50s Dallas was simply an energetic town known primarily throughout Texas, and then in 30 brief years it was a city of international renown. Its skyline changed dramatically as did it culture, and populace.

    Early on Dallas grew, in large part, because it was the center of a rail network that transported goods not only across the state but throughout the nation. It was a place soon to become a sports center and where drivers were befuddled by snow. The State Fair of Texas blossomed, and crowds filled the Cotton Bowl.

    The 60s found Dallas defining itself, yet racially segregated neighborhoods existed; women couldn't buy cosmetics on Sunday, and no luck in having a martini at your favorite restaurant. Sailboats dotted White Rock Lake. Despite that tranquil scene Senator Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife were jeered during a visit. Needless to say the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as his motorcade neared the end of its parade route was a dark day for the world, especially for Dallas.

    With the 1970s Dallas had become the seventh largest city in our nation and reflected the wealth, style, and drama it had developed over the previous years.

    You don't have to be a Texan to enjoy this well executed volume - it's a valuable resource for libraries and history buffs alike.

    - Gail Cooke

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